2015 Masters April 9-12 Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia
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Past Masters Phil’s Amazing Shot on 13
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Phil Mickelson’s heroics two years ago at Augusta coming out of the trees on 13 will last in the memories of all golf fans forver. The Masters is an incredible time of year, golfers in the Northeast are coming out of hybernation, it’s warming up, Masters week is a great time for golf!
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The Augusta National Golf Club
There is absolutely no doubt that the legendary grounds of Augusta National Golf Club has a way of waking up the top talent in the world of golf. It really doesn’t matter how well players are playing leading up to The Masters, the iconic Bobby Jones layout will bring out the best in the top players. The best players simply feel more comfortable when they make the drive down Magnolia Lane.
Augusta National was built by legendary golfer Bobby Jones. Bobby Jones was born in Georgia and had always wanted to build “The Perfect Course for Tournament Play“. Jones found the piece of land which was actually an exotic plant nursery owned by a European Botanist, thus the amazing floral look of the course.
Bobby Jones partnered with Wall Street Financier Clifford Roberts to build the course at Augusta.
Bobby Jones designed the golf course with famed golf course architect Dr. Allister McKenzie who had designed Cypress Point Golf Club.
Augusta National was opened during the depression therefore had a tough time attracting members. In an attempt to gain exposure for the course Bobby Jones asked the USGA to play the US Open at the course. The USGA declined the request citing the hot summer heat in Georgia, they claimed the heat would create tough conditions at the course.
The first two PGA Championships were however played at Augusta National Golf Club in 1937 and 1938.
In 1934 Bobby Jones used his fame and golf juice to host the first tournament at the course, it was called “The Augusta National Invitational“. The field at the inaugural tournament was primarily composed of Bobby Jones’ friends from his playing days.
Did you know this about the Masters?
[box title=”How Did The Masters Come to Be?”] A Little Known Fact about the tournament is this. In the 1930s air travel was not an option thus the late spring timing of the Augusta National Invitational happened to create an incredibly fortunate cisrcumstance. The top baseball sportswriters and baseball players just so happened to be traveling North from spring training during the week of the tournament, therefore they all started putting it on their calendars.
As players and sportswriters showed up, needless to say they were stricken by the beauty and the layout, The Masters was born.[/box]
Did you know that Bobby Jones never made a dime as a professional golfer?
This is because Bobby Jones never was a professional golfer. He never turned pro, Jones felt as though playing for money removed the purity of the game.
Bobby Jones is the only player in history to win Golf’s Grand Slam. In 1930 Jones won the British Open, the British Amateur, the US Open and the US Amateur. In 1930 these were the four majors.
Jones won a total of Four US Opens, Three British Opens, Five US Amateurs and One British Amateur.
Bobby Jones retired from tournament golf in 1930 at the ripe old age of 28. He then continued his career as a lawyer.
We all have Bobby Jones to thank for creating such a special golf tournament.
How Do Players Qualify for The Masters
- Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)
- US Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
- British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
- PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)
- Winners of The Players Championship (Three years)
- Current US Amateur Champion (6-A) (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year) and the runner-up (6-B) to the current US Amateur Champion
- Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)
- Current Asian Amateur Champion
- Current US Amateur Public Links Champion
- Current US Mid-Amateur Champion
- The first 16 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Masters Tournament
- The first 8 players, including ties, in the previous year’s US Open Championship
- The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s British Open Championship
- The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year’s PGA Championship
- The 30 leaders on the Final Official PGA Tour Money List for the previous calendar year
- Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters
- Those qualifying for the previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship
- The 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year
- The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament